Monday Morning Sidewalk Starts With Jury Duty

| September 25, 2017

Have You Done Your Jury Duty?

If you think you’re busy, well this comes to you from just before jury duty in Denton, Texas. I first thought about the possibility of sabotage – maybe put “Make America Great Again” at the top of some questionnaire, but I hear they don’t ask questions anymore. They just give you a number and wait for the bad guys to cop a plea when they are faced with a jury of their “peers.” Really, a peer to these Denton rejects? 

Last week was interesting, or at least it ended interesting. Imagine being on the water showing Conway Bowman and friends where the carp are on Lake Ray Roberts. It’s no man crush, but Conway rides a wave from his DVD, “Speed. Muscle. Teeth,” and the now defunct “Fifty Places to Fly Fish” series we caught on the World Fishing Network while it lasted. Hanging loose with Conway and friends at the Lone Star Lodge (formerly the Lantana Lodge) on Thursday evening I heard fly fishing stories, the likes of which I have never heard before. Thousand pound sharks, peacocks in South America sails off Guatemala … I get the feeling the stories only end when there was no one to listen, not in a bragging way, but lives well lived.

Imagine the reward? When I can show guys, with stories like that, through the fishery I call home, to the carp I am so passionate about. It was less about pressure and more about simple reward – The Seek and the Find.

This time of year the cards are stacked against us. As I sat and talked to the group of world travelers, it got quiet when questions about NOW floated out to me. “They’re there, but it’s so hot, you may be back in by noon.” We are well past primetime in late September, but there are still fish that have not retreated.

There are still variables. One is the clouds that come without warning (as they did last Friday), and the other is a bit more planetary – the angle of the sun goes lower in the sky. Overall, ladies and gentlemen – our window is closing now. It is so bittersweet this time of year, every year. We have a lot of other places to look, and go, but the going and the getting there is tougher than ever.


Of course, we have punted the CLYDE story until next week. There’s no predicting Denton County jury duty, but I assume that in a week I will be headed for GROUND ZERO of Hurricane Harvey. I will be either accompanying Danny Scarborough, or meeting him somewhere along the way to take a visual on Rockport, TX, and report from the Texas Gulf Coast on what the situation is at the epicenter of landfall of Hurricane Harvey. We will see how that goes, but with the fly fishing god’s blessings? I’m about due for a stroke of good luck …


BE SURE to contact me about fly fishing Beaver’s Bend, OK, as soon as you can! I am in a learning mode for a little while, and that’s the time to come up and explore the new Beaver’s Bend with me – strictly for fun. Honestly, I can’t wait for the cold, ice and rain to try all my abilities and entice those rainbows into biting! This hasn’t been such a hot summer in North Texas, but I am still craving the cold. Something must be wrong with me. Give me a call or text.

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